10th Anniversary

10 years of the University of Cumbria

We were born in 2007 – so we're celebrating 10 years as a university.

This milestone is the perfect time to reflect on our outstanding achievements and celebrate the success of our students, staff, alumni and partners.

And, it’s also a fitting year to take time to look into the future – what we will achieve and how we will continue growing as a specialist institution, a place providing world-class education.

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10 Years and More

  • A proud past

    As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are also celebrating the history of our legacy institutions, dating all the way back to 1882. To read about our more recent developments, you can use the timeline below. We are very proud of what we have achieved over the last decade.

    Where it all started
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    Commitment to our Communities

    We are so proud of our ongoing work with fantastic partners in developing our region’s talent, raising aspirations and contributing to the social, cultural and economic well-being of our communities.

    Find out more
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    Academic Excellence

    We are a significant institution for Cumbria and North Lancashire - our courses provide a high level of student satisfaction, enhanced through workplace partnerships. The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) results highlighted a considerable increase in our ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research.

    Our research impact
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    A Wide Portfolio

    We’re well known for our teaching training and health provision but did you know we also have many students forging careers through Paramedic Practice, Policing, Biodiversity, Wildlife Media and Social Work? There’s lots more too!

    Our academic departments
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    Your Memories

    Our students and staff are at the heart of everything we do. Here are just a few of the amazing stories of those who have studied and worked with us over the past ten years.

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    Building a future for our students

    Through continuous investment in our teaching environments, we aim to provide an outstanding learning experience to equip our graduates with the skills, attributes, confidence and resilience to succeed on graduation and beyond. In 2017, 9/10 of our graduates are in employment, and we hope to expand on this in future.

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Student Union Celebrations

UCSU celebrates the 10th anniversary of the University and Students’ Union with a year of events, activities and student opportunities – details added over the year at www.ucsu.me

Team Ten


TeamTen is a grassroots initiative inspired by staff and students, coming together to train and participate in sporting events as a team. 

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Over the last decade, the university has built a national reputation in a number of key areas. With a new vice chancellor now in place, there is a strong appetite to strengthen this further, so the next decade is likely to be a very exciting one too.

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Our History

We’ve come a long way since we officially formed as a university in 2007.

But that’s just a fraction of our long-running history dedicated to education – just look at what we’ve achieved.

Just click on the arrows to scroll left and right through the timeline.

10 Facts

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Outstanding Employability Prospects

9/10 students in employment 6 months after graduating

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Multi Award Winning

Winners and shortlisted for 24 national awards

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The only UK university with a campus in a national park

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Community Minded

Students offered up 2,000 volunteer hours last year alone

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Working with more than 50 partners to develop our region’s talent and attract new talent

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£50m pumped into our campuses and world-class teaching facilities

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More than 32,000 career ready students graduating from the University of Cumbria

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Raising Aspirations

322 care leavers studying at UoC. And, our top-class support has earned us the Buttle UK Quality Mark for Care Leavers.

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100 years of successfully training teachers. Excelling in art and design since 1882. Leading provider of health care professionals.

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World leading research at our internationally acclaimed research centres. Giving ‘real-world’ skills recognised by leading employers.

Our Vision